History of Star Wars

by Katharine Valerio – Staff Writer

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away… or in 1973 in Mill Valley, California a young George Lucas had just finished directing the low budget American Graffiti and wanted to create a space opera that no one had ever seen before. He began the idea with his partner Gary Kurtz.

The now world-famous Star Wars Saga began as a 12-page script that even the most die-hard Star Wars fans wouldn’t notice iconic Star Wars characters such as Luke Skywalker and Han Solo. This whole idea of Star Wars was objected by many production companies, but 20th century fox sought this after the early success of Lucas’s last film American Graffiti. As Lucas began to write more and more, the script began to improve, and by 1977 the film world had been changed forever.

On May 25th, 1977 Star Wars had come out, and was an instant box office success, making over $513 million dollars worldwide. Then came the second installment of the saga The Empire Strikes Back and then finally the third and final one of the original trilogy, Return of the Jedi. These films centering the idea of Luke Skywalker versus Darth Vader, Rebellion versus The Empire and the charm of characters that are household names across the world. However, after Return of the Jedi, Lucas took a step back from directing and was said to be done with Star Wars.

After losing almost all the money that Lucas had made with the original trilogy in a divorce, he had decided to go back to the Star Wars franchise, and the new technological advances such as new CGI had fascinated Lucas. The now titled A New Hope the first stars Wars had created and international phenomenon which also compelled Lucas created the prequel trilogy.

The prequels were meant to show the parallels, connections, history and backstory of the original trilogy. The main plot was to follow the journey of Anakin Skywalker and his path to the dark side and the fall of the galactic republic that became known as the galactic empire. The Phantom Menace was released in 1999, followed by Attack of the Clones and the finally Revenge of the Sith. The prequels were films that allowed for a complete 6 movie saga that has had the world in shock since the first release.

However, in 2012, 7 years after the release of Revenge of the Sith, George Lucas sold the star war franchisee to Disney franchise for $4.05 billion dollars. Disney had mentioned that they were going to continue the Saga and on December 18th, 2015 a new star to Star Wars had begun with The Force Awakens” introducing new characters and old favorites like Han Solo and C-3PO. Disney has also created an animated series called Star Wars Rebels which shows in between episodes 3 and 4. Episode 8 is coming out in a week and Disney continues to add on to trilogies as well as creating Star Wars stories such as Rogue One which came out in 2016.

Star Wars began as a dream of a young man in California, and 12 pages. Now it had developed as a household name all over the world and will continue to stay that way for another 40 years.

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